Which Of These Photos Do You Think The Media Would Show Us When Reporting On A Victim Gunned Done By Police [Photo]
The media has a interesting way of painting a image in the way they see fit for society. Many, like Houston, Texas senior Tyler Atkins, believe That Mike Brown’s identity was distorted and filtered through negative stereotypes, and that the same would have been done to them it found victim of a similar event.
Atkins, like many others, joined the hashtag #iftheygunnedmedown in protests of media’s portrayal of a minority’s death posting a photo of himself in a black suit holding a saxophone next to a photo of him in a bandana and throwing hand gestures to the camera (a screen shot of his doing a rap video for a math project).
The 17-year-old tells the New York Times:
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Tweets should be required reading in every journalism class in America.
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 10, 2014
The idea of journalistic ethics isn’t always present in some stories.
For example back in 2011 Chicago CBS news affiliate WBBM caught major heat for taking out of context a black 4-year-old statement and painting him as a criminal.
The Times also reports that since the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown campaign began, the phrase has been used on Twitter more than 168,000 times.
The campaign was sparked after NBC News and other outlets published a photo of Brown taken from his facebook.
So check out the galley above and tell us #IfTheyGunnedMeDown which photo would they use?
- Black Twitter
- Mike Brown
- mike brown ferguson
- Social Media
- Trayvon Martin